Spam Musubi


Spam musubi is a popular snack in Hawaii. It is a type of sushi that features marinated cooked Spam. I got this recipe from a local Hawaiian friend when I was living there.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 25 mins
10 pieces


  • 2 cups uncooked short-grain white rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 6 tablespoons rice vinegar

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ¼ cup soy sauce

  • ¼ cup oyster sauce

  • 1 (12 ounce) container fully cooked luncheon meat (such as Spam)

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 5 sheets sushi nori (dry seaweed)


  1. Soak uncooked rice in water to cover for 4 hours; drain and rinse.

  2. Bring 2 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice and stir. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in rice vinegar. Set aside to cool.

  4. Stir together sugar, soy sauce, and oyster sauce in a medium bowl until sugar is completely dissolved. Slice luncheon meat lengthwise into 10 slices, or to desired thickness, and marinate in sauce for 5 minutes.

  5. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook slices until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side.

  6. Cut nori sheets in half and lay on a flat work surface. Place a rice press in the center of a sheet, and press rice tightly inside. Top with a slice of luncheon meat, and remove press. Wrap nori around rice, sealing edges with a small amount of water. (Rice may also be formed by hand in the shape of the meat slices and about 1-inch thick.)

  7. Serve musubi warm or chilled.

    Spam Musubi

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

276 Calories
12g Fat
35g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 276
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 24mg 8%
Sodium 866mg 38%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 10mg 1%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 118mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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